After ruffling some feathers by dressing up as late pop star Aaliyah for Halloween, a move that some called culturally insensitive, Kim Kardashian West issued an apology and explained that she meant to do nothing more than have a little fun and respectfully pay tribute to one of her favorite artists.
"Aaliyah was such an amazing singer and she will forever be a music legend," the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star wrote in a post on her app, according to BET. "I saw online that some people thought my costume was in poor taste and I am truly sorry if that offended anyone."
For the Halloween festivities, Kardashian West dressed herself in a number of other costumes, including one in the likeness of the late Selena Quintanilla, which many others also took issue with.
"For me, it's always about love and respect," explained the makeup mogul of the Oct. 28 Aaliyah tribute. "I loved that [my sister Kourtney Kardashian] was Michael Jackson for one of her costumes, and that my son was Axel Rose. We don't see color in my home. We were paying homage to people and artists we love and respect -- it's that simple!"
Twitter users on Kardashian West's page were split over whether they thought she crossed the line.
"Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you're not," one person commented on the video of the reality star showing off her costume modeled after the singer's "Try Again" music video. "It's offensive and you shouldn't push this limit, but ok…"
Others defended her and pointed out that it "would have been a different story" had she "painted her face black."
"She dressed up as a musical artist no black face nothing offensive," said another. "Y'all love to hate and reach for nothing stop it. It's Halloween."
Another person said the getup was "disgraceful" and called Kardashian West a "dog" and "pure trash," "whereas Aaliyah was all class."
Kardashian West has a history of wearing elaborate Halloween costumes and in previous years has dressed up as superheroes, Disney's Princess Jasmine and other famous figures, according to Us Magazine.
"When I was creating the costume, I wasn't dressing up as a race or culture but rather as a woman whom I will always admire," she added in the statement. "I play every kind of genre of music in my home and I like for my kids to be exposed to many different artists."